Musk threatens ‘thermonuclear lawsuit’ against media watchdog, calls advertisers ‘oppressors’ – By Lora Kolodny (CNBC) / Nov 18, 2023
- Elon Musk lashed out at a media watchdog and unspecified large advertisers on Friday, as brands paused ad spending on X, the social network he owns and runs as CTO.
- Media Matters had published a report that found mainstream brands’ ads running alongside pro-Nazi or other hateful user posts on X, formerly known as Twitter.
- Individually, Musk also caught a backlash after posting what the White House called “abhorrent promotion of antisemitic and racist hate” on X.
Elon Musk lashed out at large advertisers and Media Matters, a media watchdog group, on Friday after several major brands decided to pause spending on X, the social media platform he owns and runs as CTO.
Musk wrote late Friday night, “The split second court opens on Monday, X Corp will be filing a thermonuclear lawsuit against Media Matters and ALL those who colluded in this fraudulent attack on our company.” He added, “Their board, their donors, their network of dark money, all of them…” and “the discovery and depositions will be glorious to behold,” in subsequent tweets.
Media Matters for America (MMFA) published a report last week showing ads for mainstream brands on X, formerly Twitter, were running alongside user posts espousing pro-Nazi views. The report came after Musk personally posted a spate of tweets that the White House called an “abhorrent promotion of antisemitic and racist hate.”